The UC Riverside School of Medicine recently welcomed its first class of California Medicine Scholars — 37 community college students who will receive tailored academic support on their path to medical school.
The inaugural class is part of the California Medicine Scholars Program (CMSP), a new state-funded effort to diversify the primary care physician workforce and respond to looming shortages in the health workforce.
CMSP is a key part of the state’s strategy to close a projected shortfall of more than 4,000 primary care physicians by 2030 and to address widening disparities in access to care in rural and underserved communities.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
California Medicine Scholars will be selected from community colleges that are part of the Regional Hubs of Healthcare Opportunity. Student participants will benefit from a support system that includes priority enrollment, enhanced curriculum, tailored advising, guidance and encouragement to utilize current transfer pathways, and medical school and clinical partnerships, among other support and mentoring services.
The UCs currently signed up are UC Riverside, UC San Diego and UC Davis.
There are multiple community colleges within each of these hubs that are part of the pilot program. Students leaning towards one of these three UC campuses, who are interested in being part of the program must complete an application for their regional hub.
Students whose community colleges are in the UC Riverside or the UCSF-Fresno regional hubs should email [email protected] for more information.
Students whose community colleges are in the UC San Diego area should follow the directions here.
Students interested in the UC Davis regional hubs can find directions here.